Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey will say that EU laws which require insurance companies to hold enough cash to ensure they do not collapse are not well suited for the UK.
The governor is expected to tell listeners to a speech in the City that the so-called Solvency 2 regulations needed to be reformed.
EIOPA stress test results confirm the European insurance industry’s ability to meet promises to customers even under extreme 1 in 1000-year events.
Newly published research analysing the climate risk management and disclosure practices of European and UK insurers highlights inconsistencies in climate risk reporting.
EIOPA published today its second “Failures and near misses in insurance” report, which now comprises altogether 219 relevant cases from the European insurance sector.
The report takes stock of the most common courses of action taken by insurers and national competent authorities (NCAs) during the recovery and resolution phases of failures and near misses.
This year, (re)insurance companies across the European Union (EU) published their fifth set of solvency and financial condition reports (SFCRs). In this report, we summarise those SFCRs as they relate to non-life insurers regulated in the EU, and set out the results of our analyses.
Supervisory statement on supervisory practices and expectations in case of breach of the Solvency Capital Requirement
The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published today the statement on supervisory practices and expectations in case of breach of the SCR.
The Supreme Court has today handed down judgement in the Covid-19 Business Interruption insurance test case of The Financial Conduct Authority v Arch and Others.
Risk Dashboard: European insurers slightly less exposed to risks compared to the beginning of COVID-19 outbreak but concerns remain
Today the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published its updated Risk Dashboard based on the second quarter of 2020 Solvency II data.
The results show that the risk exposures of the European Union insurance sector slightly reduced, compared to July risk assessment. Insurers are particularly exposed to very high levels of macro risk, while market, credit, profitability and solvency risks decreased to medium level. However, the risk assessment does not account for the outbreak of the second wave of the pandemic.
The Dutch government is planning to eliminate tax deductions for coupons on the Tier 1 securities issued by banks and insurers, after the European Commission said that their tax treatment could raise state aid concerns.
At the Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe (AMICE) Congress 2018 in Stockholm, insurers said Solvency II regulations have required them to add resources and personnel, while limiting their ability to diversify
The world’s insurance companies face the biggest change in accounting standards in perhaps 20 years – IFRS 17, which comes into force in 2021.
S&P expect some insurers to preemptively add to their capital buffers toward 2021 to prevent capitalisation from weakening.
The number of M&A deals may be set to decrease, but insurers and investors will increasingly be looking to snap up higher-value insurance acquisitions.
Are you planning to undertake an acquisition over the next year or two? IRC’s Solvency II eligible sub debt product is the ideal product to capitalise such growth ambitions. Additionally our LIBRA product provides capital flexibility to complete such transactions swiftly and efficiently.
A new product launched by Maiden Re that allows insurers with limited access to the capital markets pre-committed access to subordinated debt funding will be particularly valuable to companies because regulations such as Solvency II force insurers to disclose their solvency ratio, according to the reinsurer’s CEO.
Under Solvency II, the SCR coverage ratio has become the de-facto measure of an insurer’s capital strength. But how reliable an indicator is it? Cat Drummond, Partner at LCP, explores the capital resilience of the top non-life insurers int he UK and Ireland by testing their SCR coverage ratio against an MCR shock.
Analysis of 1,600 solo firms collected and processed by Solvency II Wire Data reveals that 21 firms breached their SCR ratio as of 31 December 2016. This article gives an analysis of the lower end of the SCR ratio spectrum.
Libra is the well-known astrological symbol of balance. Patrick Haveron, President of Maiden Re, explains how Maiden Libra, it’s unique hybrid capital solution can help small to mid-size insurers keep their risk/capital balance in an increasingly tough and uncertain operating environment
Insurers plan to shift their investment from public markets to private assets in an effort to boost profits while not adding risk to their portfolios
EIOPA will focus next year on carrying out stress-testing of firms, disclosing more information about their capital reserves and pushing more information into the public domain.
Daragh Clune, Chief Investment Officer at IRC, on why the Solvency II SCR ratio can sometime be higher than the MCR ratio.
Analysis of the Solvency II public disclosures in the German market (Solvency II Wire 14/6/2017) uncovered a number of firms with a lower MCR ratio (Minimum Capital Requirement) than SCR ratio (Solvency Capital Requirement). This is surprising given that the MCR is the lower of the two capital requirements and it would be expected that the MCR ratio would be higher (see The SCR: early warning system or panic button?).
On 28 February 2017 EIOPA published its new Risk Dashboard for the first time since the implementation of the Solvency II regime. Although Solvency II implied a major change in the methodological framework for the calculation of the solvency capital requirements, the initial transition to the new regime appears to have gone smoothly. The results for the third-quarter 2016 show that the low-yield environment and market risks continue to be a major challenge for the European insurance sector according to EIOPA.
The dashboard is a quarterly publication summarising the main risks and vulnerabilities in the European insurance sector by using a set of indicators grouped into seven risk categories: macro risks, credit risks, market risks, liquidity and funding risks, profitability and solvency risks, interlinkages and imbalances risks and insurance (underwriting) risks. An additional category “market perceptions” gives insight on how the insurance industry is perceived by financial markets.
EIOPA published the results of their most recent stress test exercise on 15 December. These stress tests represent one of the regular supervisory tools that help to assess the resilience of the insurance sector to potential adverse market developments. The tests covered 236 life companies in 30 countries and the results were published on an aggregated basis rather than company by company.
The Pillar 3 disclosures will be made in 2017 but based on the year-end 2016 balance sheet. This imminent public disclosure has led to many firms starting to assess the adequacy of their capital levels, solvency and risk management while bearing in mind that their figures will be directly compared to that of their peer groups.
The market for restricted tier 1 debt was kick-started last month with an issue by Gjensidige, the Norwegian insurer, who sold NOK1bn in restricted tier 1 notes. Insurance Regulatory Capital discussed the market with Insurance ERM.
The upcoming referendum in the UK on June 23rd to determine whether the UK will leave the EU will almost certainly impact either directly or indirectly on your business.
According to Fitch, the rating agency, investors in insurance companies have begun to use SCR data to analyse not only the financial strength of the companies they have invested in, but also the efficiency of capital use and as a comparator to other companies in the sector.
Owners of insurers are now seeing the emergence of capital partners willing to provide a mix of eligible sub debt and collateralised quota share reinsurance over the long term.
Fewer than half of European insurers have a dedicated capital management department, according to Deloitte’s 2016 EMEA Capital Management in Insurance Survey. Optimising capital under solvency II will be the key area for capital management over the next 5 years.
UK non-life insurance results highlight the significant impact that different investment and underwriting risk strategies have on Solvency II (SII) capital ratios, according to Fitch Ratings.
Last week, the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), wrote to Google, saying it will now consider the computer and software in ta self-driving car as the “driver”.
On the 3rd of February, 2016 EIOPA published a consultation paper seeking views on facilitating an effective dialogue between auditors that carry out statutory audit of (re) insurance companies and the relevant Insurance Regulator.
The introduction of new European Union rules forcing insurers to hold enough capital to protect policyholders has gone well though some tweaks will be needed, Britain’s top insurance regulator said on Wednesday.
There has been concern among regulators about potential volatility in insurance company shares as investors compare the solvency capital ratio (SCR), a new core benchmark of health, that insurers now have to publish.
In the regulatory world, we will be looking to see the agenda of a new FCA CEO, how Solvency II develops and settles and whether the international agenda of prudential regulation slows or speeds up
The new capital regulation has left an indelible mark on mutual business models. This article assess the impact and asks what will happen after 1st Jan 20.
On the eve of entry into force of Solvency II, Solvency II Wire can reveal the state of transposition of the Directive into national law.
The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published today its 4th annual Consumer Trends Report for the European Economic Area.
While all European insurers are required to be compliant with the Europe wide risk-based system by January 1 2016, EIOPA has allowed Insurance Regulators significant leeway in both how and when they implement the new Solvency II standard.
On 4th November, The Minister for Finance signed the Statutory Instrument (S.I. 485 of 2015) which transposes the Solvency II Directive into Irish law.
Under Solvency II the landscape changes dramatically, given that it can be a great help for insurance companies, particularly for small companies and mutual insurance companies, in their necessary commitment to increasing competitiveness and to reinforce and/or protect their solvency capital.
Faster progress on which countries are granted group equivalence under Solvency II is needed, said the Association of British Insurers (ABI).
Speech by Gabriel Bernardino, Chairman of EIOPA, at the 5th Annual Conference of EIOPA in Frankfurt
German insurers believe investment limits will be applied after 2016, despite expectations that Solvency II would sweep them away
Hasta ahora, las emisiones de deuda subordinada estan siendo un instrumento muy poco utilizado en nuestro pais para mejorar el capital.
Europe’s largest insurance markets have continued to show some signs of recovery, with many experiencing top-line growth. In general, the increases in total gross written premium (GWP) come following a number of years muted development and even decline, and there is a sense of optimism that this momentum will continue.
Oliver Tattan explains the benefits of subordinated debt to under Solvency II’s solvency capital ratio requirements
The EU’s incoming regime will make subordinated debt a very attractive proposition for mid-size insurers
Publishing SCR data will allow insurers in all Solvency II jurisdictions to be compared on exactly the same parameters.
The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published today an updated Action Plan 2016 and Way Forward for Colleges of Supervisors.
The proposed approach meaningfully reduces risk charges for qualifying infrastructure project investments in equity and debt.
From ReactionsNet.com’s Rendez-vous Reporter: “Maiden Re’s collateralised reinsurance solutions are available throughout the EU to help insurance companies comply with the coming Solvency II requirements”, says Pat Haveron, President of Maiden Reinsurance.
Subordinated debt has been pre-approved by European Insurance Regulators to function as regulatory capital under Solvency II. Priced lower than equity but with many similar qualities, cash is transferred directly to the issuing insurer’s balance sheet.
With the advent of Solvency II, it is imperative that executive management considers more carefully their company’s access to sources of capital. Insurance Regulatory Capital offers capital solutions through acting as a conduit between insurers and investors.